Support veteran suicide prevention with concert in St. George

Community members gather at the Tonaquint and St. George Cemeteries to honor veterans during the Wreaths Across America event Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

The Electrical Theatre might be internet hosting a particular live performance this weekend to advertise suicide consciousness for veterans and lift cash to assist.

The live performance is among the many lengthy checklist of fascinating happenings scheduled in and round St. George this week. These would possibly go to the St. George Artwork Museum for the annual Soup n’ Bowl, or view artwork impressed by “the void”, amongst different choices.

Listed here are a few of the occasions we’re enthusiastic about this week:

Veteran Suicide Profit Live performance 

The Electrical Theatre could have the Tom Proctor Band and singer/songwriter Bailey James performing this week in a profit live performance for veteran suicide prevention. The live performance is being placed on by the Life’s Price Dwelling Basis based mostly in Tooele that hosts occasions throughout Utah to convey consciousness and to assist forestall veteran suicide.  

Bill spurred by 10-year-old Izzy Tichenor’s suicide would require Utah schools to track race of bullied students

After the current dying of a 10-year-old Black woman by suicide, a Utah lawmaker is proposing that every one public faculties be required to trace demographic information on circumstances of bullying to find out whether or not college students of shade within the state are being focused.

Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake Metropolis, stated throughout an emotional committee listening to Friday that as a Black mom, she was devastated to listen to of Izzy Tichenor’s dying, which drew nationwide consideration. She attended the funeral in November, the place she stated she promised Izzy’s mom that she would work to stop one other case like hers.

“It simply tugged at me,” Hollins stated. “We’ve an issue with racism in our faculties. … And we can’t lose one other life consequently.”

She is sponsoring HB428, which received preliminary approval from the Home Schooling Committee on Friday with an 8-3 vote. Hollins was initially calling the measure “Izzy’s invoice.”

In November, Izzy died by suicide after her mother stated she confronted extreme bullying at her northern Utah faculty over the colour of her pores and skin and for being autistic.

Brittany Tichenor-Cox has stated that she had reached out to Davis Faculty District a number of occasions to speak about how her daughter was being harassed by each classmates and a trainer. However, she stated, she was ignored.

Tichenor-Cox spoke briefly about her expertise through the committee listening to. “This simply means so much as a result of no different mom ought to must undergo this,” she stated from a Zoom feed.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brittany Tichenor-Cox, middle, joined by her sister Jasmine Rhodes, proper, speaks about her daughter Izzy Tichenor, Nov. 9, 2021. A whole bunch joined the Tichenor household in mourning the dying of 10-year-old Isabella “Izzy” Tichenor throughout a vigil at Foxboro Hole Park in North Salt Lake on Tuesday.

The dying of Izzy, who was in fifth grade, prompted many within the Black group to talk out about discrimination throughout the state, however particularly in Utah faculties. And it got here shortly after the U.S. Division of Justice issued a scathing report on Davis Faculty District’s critical mishandling of stories of racism there.

Investigators discovered that district directors deliberately ignored “critical and widespread” racial harassment for years — failing to reply to lots of of stories from Black college students after they’ve been known as slaves, the N-word, and heard threats that they’d be lynched.

Hollins stated that can not be allowed and that every one faculty districts within the state — not simply Davis — have to do extra to stop bullying and harassment. She stated it’s occurring all over the place.

“Folks of shade need to defend their children within the faculty system as nicely,” she stated.

Since she began drafting the invoice, a second Utah youngster died by suicide. Drayke Hardman, who was 12, died on Feb. 10. His dad and mom say he was additionally bullied at his Tooele constitution faculty, although it wasn’t race-related.

Following his dying, Hollins has expanded her invoice to incorporate him, as nicely.

“All of us have been shocked to study {that a} 10-year-old in our group and a 12-year-old in our group determined that dying was higher than going again to highschool,” she stated. “I wished to be sure that no different child in our faculties felt unsafe.”

What the invoice does

The anti-bullying measure initially required faculties to trace the race of scholars who’re harassed.

However the model handed Friday expanded past that. Now, all faculties would want to gather information on a bullied’s college students race, gender, age and incapacity standing.

The first purpose remains to be for faculties to be told if college students of shade are being focused and to take motion, Hollins stated, together with in systemic conditions like Davis Faculty District. And that features with bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing and retaliation.

She hopes, although, that every one demographics shall be studied for tendencies. She needs districts to make use of the knowledge to raised reply to circumstances and defend college students with focused interventions.

“We’d like to have the ability to know what is occurring and know the story to have the ability to implement plans in our faculty system,” she stated.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake Metropolis, speaks in 2020 on the Utah Capitol.

The info shall be collected by including further inquiries to local weather surveys — one performed by the Utah State Board of Schooling and the opposite by the Utah Division of Well being — already given yearly to college students within the state.

These surveys are opt-in, which implies dad and mom must comply with let their youngster take part in them. They already ask for these demographics on different questions. Now, the surveys would come with questions on whether or not bullying was associated to these identifiers.

Elizabeth Garbe, the senior director of presidency relations and public coverage for United Means of Salt Lake, a nonprofit company that helps Utah’s low-income households by schooling and entry to social companies, helped Hollins in drafting the invoice.

She stated this shall be an opportunity for the surveys to include the voices and experiences of these in school being damage — who haven’t all the time been listened to, and their information hasn’t ever been straight collected statewide. Presently, the Utah State Board of Schooling solely tracks self-discipline for bullying and the place bullying takes place, comparable to at school parking heaps or restrooms.

“There’s an information piece that’s been lacking: that’s of the one that’s had hurt accomplished to them,” confirmed Patty Norman, the deputy superintendent of pupil achievement.

Garbe needs districts to make use of that new suggestions to deal with the sufferer of their options.

Moreover below the invoice, all districts might want to undertake a basic plan to scale back harassment and bullying. And all directors shall be required to undergo coaching from the Utah State Board of Schooling on prevention.

In help of HB428

A number of dad and mom on the committee assembly spoke about how their children had been bullied.

Scott Ulbrich, who can also be a board member for United Means, stated when his son was attending faculty in Utah, he was harassed for liking the humanities and theater. Choking up, he recalled how his boy used to inform him concerning the locations he had discovered to cover throughout lunch so he wouldn’t must face it.

Ulbrich stated he went to the district on the time to inform them what was occurring and remembers being instructed: “Boys shall be boys. Possibly your son is simply not a match for our faculty.”

He transferred his son out, and so they discovered a extra supportive faculty. However he needs he didn’t must undergo it.

Hollins stated there will be many causes a pupil is bullied; she worries when these assault a basic side of the character of a child, comparable to their race or faith.

She stated she additionally was bullied when she was going to highschool over the colour of her pores and skin. It has had lasting impacts.

“It took me a very long time to imagine in myself due to a few of issues that youngsters stated to me,” she stated.

She stated she talked to a few present college students, too, who have been fearful about attending the committee listening to and talking out for worry of additional harassment. “They undergo in silence as a result of they’re afraid,” she stated. “They only go to highschool, and so they take the bullying.”

Tichenor-Cox, Izzy’s mother, has stated her different youngsters who nonetheless attend faculty in Davis District have been known as the N-word repeatedly. She choked up through the listening to Friday.

She stated it’s time that the state “maintain those that can’t converse for themselves.”

A number of lawmakers on the Home Schooling Committee joined them. Rep. Melissa Ballard, R-North Salt Lake, stated her youngster skilled bullying over faith when the household lived out of state.

And Izzy’s household, she stated, lives in her jurisdiction, so she has seen the ache and response to that. “I do know there was a whole lot of concern of, ‘Now what will we do?’” Ballard stated she sees Hollins’ invoice as a primary step ahead to recognizing the problem.

Rep. Judy Weeks Rohner, R-West Valley Metropolis, began crying as she talked. She stated her son died by suicide in 2012. “It wants to alter, and we have to change with it,” she stated.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Judy Weeks-Rohner pictured on the Utah Capitol, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019.

These opposed

Those that spoke in opposition to the invoice stated they didn’t really feel it will make a distinction, they didn’t need information collected and so they feared it will create a “tattle story system.”

Becky Hope, a mom of 4 children who attend Davis Faculty District, stated she hasn’t appreciated the Division of Justice’s intervention there and she or he thinks it has brought on college students to activate one another. She sees HB428 as a “slippery slope” the place conditions shall be made into a much bigger downside.

Rep. Steve Waldrip, R-Eden, countered Hope by studying a passage straight from the DOJ report on Davis that highlighted the pervasive points discovered within the district and the way college students of shade have been ignored.

“That is unconscionable in our state and our society that we’re letting children undergo this,” he stated. “This may’t go on. We’ve to do higher.”

He stated he wish to see the invoice refined within the subsequent week earlier than the session ends, however he helps the hassle.

Rep. Adam Robertson, R-Provo, stated he didn’t suppose the invoice was prepared for approval, although, and voted in opposition to it, together with Republican Reps. Susan Pulsipher and Christine Watkins.

Robertson stated there are numerous the explanation why college students are picked on — together with being sensible or not excelling at school. He stated a few of these are inconceivable to measure and believes faculties have already got current insurance policies in place to reply to bullying.

As an alternative, he stated, he would somewhat see a invoice about faculties educating “the suitable option to take care of issues.” Robertson stated that included “typically while you simply have to face up for your self.”

Jennie Earl, a mom and a member of the Utah State Board of Schooling, stated she didn’t help utilizing the surveys for bullying questions as a result of she doesn’t imagine they have been designed for that and might’t decide if a difficulty is pervasive. That may solely come from a college doing an investigation, she added.

What’s subsequent

Hollins stated she plans to make some updates to the measure earlier than it goes subsequent to the total Home for consideration. She and others stated the invoice can’t wait till the 2023 session for approval.

“We’ve to have them feeling secure and feeling like they belong there,” Hollins stated.

Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Murray, stated she first grew to become a consultant after a pupil died by suicide at Bennion Junior Excessive seven years in the past.

These deaths are traumatic for the household, for the scholars and for the group. “We will’t wait one other 12 months,” she stated, “and the potential for dropping one other youngster.”

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Murray, was accompanied by Wild-Violet Badger, 9, on the Home ground Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Badger, who stated she may need to be a Utah stateswoman at some point, was visiting the Capitol along with her mom Amy Badger and the Salt Lake Metropolis Ladies’s Caucus.

WATCH: A Conversation With Teens in Training as ISIS Suicide Bombers | ISIS in Afghanistan | FRONTLINE

Few journalists have reported safely from inside ISIS-held territory in Jap Afghanistan, the place the fear group that has claimed duty for final Friday’s assaults in Paris has been gaining floor over the previous 12 months.

However after eight months of making an attempt, FRONTLINE’s Najibullah Quraishi made his manner on this previous summer time, capturing what he noticed on movie.

The ensuing documentary, ISIS in Afghanistan, premieres tomorrow evening on FRONTLINE. It’s a uncommon, firsthand look how the self-proclaimed Islamic State is increasing its grip within the nation, preventing some members of the Taliban and co-opting others, all whereas stepping up assaults towards Afghan forces.

It’s additionally a report of 1 notably disturbing manner the group is making an attempt to develop its affect: coaching kids and youngsters to change into the following technology of jihadis.

Within the beneath excerpt from ISIS in Afghanistan, Quraishi journeys into Chapa Dara district — a area as soon as residence to Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden, and that’s now residence to militants claiming allegiance to ISIS.

The commander there, “Mawlawi,” invitations Quraishi to satisfy two youngsters — Bashrullah, 13, and Naimatullah, 17 — who’re being groomed to change into suicide bombers. They inform Quraishi that they’ve tried on suicide vests, and he asks them in the event that they’ve realized how one can detonate them.

“Sure, I’ve practiced that — my commanders confirmed me how,” Naimatullah says.

The boys go on to inform Quraishi that their trainers are foreigners, however they don’t elaborate. They are saying they’re prepared to hold out their suicide mission every time the order comes.

“Do you even know how one can drive?” Quraishi asks, getting a sure.

Then, he asks the boys whether or not they’ve ever been to high school.

“No,” he’s informed. “We’re right here in Afghanistan, we see all of the fighters, we be taught from them … We need to be like them.”

ISIS in Afghanistan is the most recent FRONTLINE documentary from Quraishi, an Afghan journalist who has lined the battle between the Taliban and the American-led coalition for greater than a decade. His earlier movies embrace The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, which uncovered the revival of a observe often known as “bacha bazi,” the place younger boys are offered by their households to “entertain” rich retailers and warlords, and Opium Brides, which explored the collateral injury of the nation’s counter-narcotics effort.

However Quraishi discovered what he noticed whereas making this documentary — from the youngsters above, to even youthful kids being taught “jihad classes” — notably unhappy.

“After I noticed these younger kids, I used to be actually, actually upset,” he says at one level within the movie.

“I used to be excited about … Afghanistan’s subsequent technology; what we’ve subsequent,” he says. “These kids who discover ways to kill folks, how one can do jihad, how one can behead, how one can fireplace?”

ISIS in Afghanistan premieres Tues., Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST on PBS stations (test native listings) and on-line at FRONTLINE’s Nov. 17 episode will even embrace a second section a few Pakistani police unit’s struggle towards the Taliban.

Utah family mourns 12-year-old boy who died and wonders if more could be done to prevent youth suicide

Editor’s observe and content material warning • This text discusses suicide. When you or individuals you already know are liable to self-harm, the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers 24-hour assist at 1-800-273-8255. A photograph displayed on the finish exhibits Drayke’s profile, at a distance, in his casket.

After they discovered their 12-year-old son was being bullied, Samie and Andy Hardman stated, they did all the things they might consider to intervene.

They talked to him about how he was feeling. They bought him into counseling. And so they advised college directors, who at one level suspended the bully.

However nonetheless the harassment continued, they are saying, till Drayke died by suicide this month.

Now Drayke’s mother and father are grappling with what extra may have been carried out and whether or not specialists know sufficient about how greatest to stop youth suicide in a state with one of many highest charges within the nation.

“The issues that have been occurring ran deep in his coronary heart,” stated his mother, Samie Hardman. “I don’t know that we knew simply how deep. For him to suppose he needed to finish his life … I simply … I can’t. All of us cherished him a lot, and now he’s gone. We’d carried out all the things, however he’s gone.”

Drayke, who was in seventh grade at a Tooele constitution and whom his mother affectionately referred to as her “little blue-eyed love,” had a ardour for magic methods and a dream of turning into the shortest ever NBA star. He died on Feb. 10, and his mother and father at the moment are talking out concerning the tragedy.

His loss of life is the second youngster suicide to rock Utah within the final three months, with each children startlingly younger.

In November, 10-year-old Izzy Tichenor died. Izzy’s mother has stated that her daughter was bullied by classmates for being Black and autistic. She says she reported her issues to Davis College District and was repeatedly disregarded. The district had, simply weeks earlier than, been referred to as out by federal investigators for ignoring critical experiences of racism from its college students.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) Brittany Tichenor-Cox, holds a photograph of her daughter, Isabella “Izzy” Tichenor, throughout an interview Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Draper, Utah.

Many have seen Izzy’s suicide as half of a bigger sample of an issue within the state with discrimination. The 2 deaths have been met by communitywide mourning but in addition calls for for extra psychological well being assets for Utah faculties.

Samie Hardman stated she’s apprehensive about what children are going through and fears extra may very well be struggling. She knew her son was being bullied, she stated, and she or he and her husband tried to step in and assist him.

When it first began, Drayke would divulge heart’s contents to them and his two older sisters a bit about what was occurring. However, because it continued, Hardman stated, he stopped speaking.

He got here dwelling from college sooner or later just lately with a blue and purple bruise taking form round his eye. When she requested how he bought it, Hardman stated, Drayke shrugged. “Snitches get stitches,” she remembers him saying.

(Hardman household) Pictured is 12-year-old Drayke Hardman, who died on Feb. 10, 2022.

Bullying in school

The bullying began a few 12 months in the past, Hardman stated, and it was bodily and psychological and emotional.

She and her husband have been proactive, she added, calling the varsity as quickly as they discovered about it from Drayke. Hardman stated the directors there stepped in instantly.

They investigated and took motion. The bully was quickly suspended from class. And his mother and father have been knowledgeable.

Hardman stated she appreciates the varsity’s response and isn’t positive how they might have dealt with the scenario in a different way. She doesn’t blame the employees there.

The truth is, Drayke cherished the varsity and the workers. Hardman stated he used to stroll into the entrance workplace most mornings, throwing his elbow on the counter in a suave transfer, and declare, “I hope you all have an excellent day.”

The varsity put out an announcement final week, saying it’s “enormously saddened” by Drayke’s loss of life. The principal famous: “As a college we take bullying very critically and our objective is at all times to guard our college students and supply a protected college setting.”

Even with the varsity getting concerned, although, the bullying didn’t finish. Hardman believes the bully retaliated after his suspension.

There have been mornings when Drayke refused to go to highschool as a result of he stated he was afraid. He would keep cuddled up within the blankets on his mother and father’ mattress — the place he normally demanded to be tickled, his mother recalled with a smile — and skip first interval. Typically, after that, he may very well be satisfied to go in and end out the remainder of his courses. Typically not.

Hardman stated she requested Drayke each day when he bought dwelling whether or not it was an excellent day or a foul day and inspired him to speak as a lot as she may. They spoke brazenly about suicide, she stated, as specialists say to do. And she or he stated Drayke advised her that he was not excited about it.

She additionally signed him as much as see a therapist on the college to assist, too.

However there have been different indicators that he was withdrawing, she stated, and she or he believes now that because the bullying bought worse, Drayke hid loads of it.

She questions what else she may have carried out to step in, feeling like she did what docs suggest. Ought to she have pressed Drayke extra? Or do specialists want to review extra methods to stop suicide in children? Are there different interventions that may very well be thought-about?

Presently in Utah, suicide is the main reason for loss of life for teens ages 10 to 17. Hardman doesn’t need her monster-truck-loving, superhero-obsessed son to develop into only a statistic.

A unique response

It’s unusual for youths to die by suicide earlier than the teenager years, and due to that, it’s usually not studied as a lot.

However the American Psychological Affiliation stated in a current report that roughly 30 suicides between the ages of 5 to 11 happen per 12 months in america. And there’s concern it may very well be turning into extra prevalent, too, together with amongst 12- and 13-year-olds.

Consultants usually warning in opposition to drawing a direct conclusion about what induced a toddler to die by suicide, together with bullying. However the American Psychological Affiliation does acknowledge that, greater than adults, these type of circumstantial components can usually have a better affect.

Hardman believes that’s why her son took his life. And now she and her household are pushing to stop different children from dying by suicide.

She stated it’s the one manner she’s in a position to transfer ahead proper now and never be swallowed by her ache.

Her focus is on a shortcoming in present approaches to addressing bullying and suicide that don’t have any significant method to have interaction with the bully — not simply the bullied.

In her case, she watched for all of the indicators in her son, and tried to assist Drayke.

However so far as she is conscious, she stated, the bully wasn’t coached on methods to be type and cease his hurtful conduct. Even in her grief, Hardman stated, she’s apprehensive about her son’s bully now and if he’s getting the assist he wants.

She desires these whom a college finds to have instigated bullying to be required to speak to a counselor as a part of their self-discipline, as a substitute of simply being suspended. She thinks that may higher serve the bully and have an even bigger affect on ending the harassment. Hardman stated the prevention can’t all be carried out on the aspect of the sufferer.

Amy Steele-Smith, a bullying prevention specialist with the Utah State Board of Schooling, stated the thought may work. She stated all college students want connections and relationships in school.

“Not simply the sufferer of bullying must have somebody to speak to and join with, however a person who’s engaged in bullying as effectively,” Steele-Smith stated.

The state board just lately up to date its guidelines to enhance how bullying is investigated in faculties. Each district and constitution is now required to have a chosen employees member to guide investigations and talk with mother and father all through the method.

“We’re at all times trying to enhance and do higher at this,” Steele-Smith stated. “We’ve bought to for our children.”

Hardman and her household are calling for extra schooling funding from the state to go towards psychological well being in faculties, together with hiring extra therapists. They’ve began a marketing campaign with #DoItForDrayke, which Drayke’s sisters got here up with. It has trended nationally, been picked up by Utah Jazz gamers and had tens of millions of shares from the unique submit.

(Courtesy Utah Jazz) Heart Rudy Gobert receives his All-Star ring from the household of Drayke Hardman earlier than the Feb. 14 sport in opposition to the Houston Rockets.

Remembering Drayke

Drayke was the type of child with no sense of stranger-danger, Hardman recalled with amusing. It made her nervous as a mother, however it was additionally a part of her son’s appeal.

She stated he’d go as much as anybody and do a magic trick or strike up a dialog about Spider-man and the Flash, his favourite superheroes, or spout out a enjoyable reality about basketball. Drayke was obsessive about Muggsy Bogues, the shortest participant to ever to compete within the NBA. He was 5 ft, 3 inches tall. Drayke joked that he would have the file beat, standing at 4 ft, 9 inches.

Whereas some children hope to develop tall, he didn’t need to acquire any greater than 5 inches, Hardman stated.

Drayke performed for a Junior Jazz workforce and was teased by his coach when he congratulated the opposite workforce with high-fives for his or her three-point photographs. He dreamed of enjoying alongside Utah Jazz participant Donovan Mitchell.

His mother had dreamed of cheering him on.

They cherished getting ice cream collectively. Drayke’s favourite taste was Play Dough. They used to observe the “Harry Potter” films collectively. They hadn’t gotten to the final one but. However they’d costume up the Dobby statue on the entrance porch of their Tooele dwelling in a sock to match each vacation. When Drayke died, the sock had Valentine hearts on it.

He relished tormenting his older sisters and using within the automobile with them, belting out “Child” by Justin Bieber. “He didn’t like anything Justin Bieber, simply that tune,” his mother clarified, understanding Drayke could be embarrassed with out that observe.

And along with his dad, he’d do something outdoor, searching, fishing and rockhounding.

At Drayke’s funeral, the partitions have been full of foolish photos of the boy, protruding his tongue, making the duck face, hugging his canine, Halo. In a single, he squinted within the brilliant gentle of the solar. In one other, he clung tight to his backpack, along with his blonde hair completely gelled again the best way he favored, smiling on the primary day of faculty.

The household shared a photograph taken at his service, hoping to lift consciousness of suicide and present the affect on the individuals who cherished him.

Most of the pictures displayed there had been included in Hardman’s first social media submit about Drayke’s loss of life. She had debated whether or not she needed to publicly share what occurred. At 3 a.m., hours after leaving the hospital, she determined she needed to.

“Quite a lot of instances, as a father or mother, you need to hold it hush-hush with suicide,” she stated. “However that simply performs into the stigma round this. We’ve to speak about it. We should discuss bullying and suicide.”

She desires individuals to see Drayke’s face and what was misplaced.

(Rachel Amy Images) Pictured is the funeral for Drayke Hardman, who died at age 12 on Feb. 10, 2022.